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How can children stay safe in school? Should children be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Last Updated: 10/19/2021

All children in New Jersey ages 12 and older can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

To be protected during the 2021-2022 school year, parents should get their children vaccinated as soon as possible.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing you from getting sick. They are the most important tool for ending the COVID-19 pandemic and getting back to what you love. The highly transmissible Delta variant poses an increased risk to children and there is an urgent need for everyone to get vaccinated.

Even though New Jersey's youngest residents have among the lowest rates of hospitalizations and deaths, they have had some of the greatest rates of transmission.

In addition, it's particularly important for adolescents to get vaccinated because children can get very ill with this virus. In New Jersey, over 100 children were diagnosed with a rare condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and all of these children required hospitalization.

Many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19. It can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.

To get vaccinated, use the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder to make an appointment near you or find a site with walk-in vaccinations, or attend a pop-up or mobile vaccination event in your community.

Note: 12-to-17-year-olds must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated.

Masks Required in Schools

All students, educators, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face masks indoors for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, with limited exceptions. Read here for more information on safety requirements for schools.